Women's Money Week Ambassadors are in local communities around the country to engage, educate leaders and citizens to the events, tools, and resources that foster financial resiliency, and to advocate for financial literacy their communities. Ambassadors are available for media interviews and public speaking in their communities.
CALIFORNIA AMBASSADOR - SILICON VALLEY
Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance -- Save, Invest, and Build Wealth.
Barbara has both an MBA in Finance and an MS in Counseling as well as several decades of investing experience. She is a former investment portfolio manager and has taught corporate finance and investing to MBA students and undergraduates at two universities.
Her published books include Personal Finance: An Encyclopedia of Modern Money Management (Greenwood, publishers), Invest and Beat the Pros and How to Get Rich Without Winning the Lottery. She currently owns two websites and writes for major financial websites.
Barbara is available for media interviews, legislative meetings, freelance writing and public speaking in her community.
WASHINGTON D.C. AMBASSADOR
Jen Hemphill helps busy ambitious women transform their finances from being overwhelming to bringing joy, simplicity, and confidence. She is a Motivational Money Coach, an AFC® (Accredited Financial Counselor) and host of the Her Money Matters Podcast. When she's not talking money, she enjoys photography, coffee, chocolate, traveling, working out and spending time with her husband and two boys.
Jen is available for media interviews, public speaking and legislative meetings.
Connect with Jen:
Contact Me Page: http://jenhemphill.com/contact/
Twitter: @jenhemphilll (not a typo, it is 3 l's, funny story behind that)
Yvette D. Best, MBA has over 20 years of experience in taxation, listed on the IRS Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers with Credentials, and the author of Maximizing Your Tax Refund. Her firm Best Services Unlimited LLC is the only income tax preparation company in Fayetteville, Georgia accredited and A+ rated by BBB of Metro Atlanta. She is quoted in several leading financial websites and recently became a Huffington Post Contributor. In addition to specializing in corporate and personal income tax return preparation, her company provides new business start-up and consulting services.
Connect with Yvette.
Website : http://www.bestservicesunlimited.com
Facebook URL/Address: http://www.facebook.com/BSULLC
NORTH CAROLINA AMBASSADOR
Sarah Li Cain is a personal finance freelancer who advocates that financial education and cultivating a positive money mindset is the key to a happy and productive life. She went from being heartbroken, broke and homeless to finding love and saving over half her income.
Sarah is available for media interviews, public speaking, legislative meetings.
Connect with Sarah Li Cain
Website: highfivingdollars.com [High Fiving Dollars]
Claudia Russell is a financial consultant with expertise in personal finance, investing and money psychology (behavioral finance). She helps minority professionals leverage their income to create wealth through educational courses and one-on-one financial consulting. She is the founder of Ms. Engineered Wealth, where minority professionals can gain the confidence and knowledge to make the right decisions about your money.
Claudia is available for media interviews and public speaking.
Connect with Claudia
CALIFORNIA AMBASSADOR - SAN DIEGO
Mary Beth Storjohann, CFP® and Founder of Workable Wealth is an author, financial planner and accountability working to help clients in their 20s-40s across the country make smart, educated choices with their money. Her recent accolades include the “Top 40 Under 40” by Investment News, “10 young Advisors to Watch” by Financial Advisor Magazine, and “10 of the Best Personal Finance Experts on Twitter.” She frequently appears on NBC as a financial expert and her expertise has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Forbes and more.
Mary Beth is available for Media Interviews and Public Speaking.
Connect with Mary Beth:
Website URL: www.workablewealth.com
Miranda Marquit is a financial journalist, author, and podcaster working to educate others about how money can be used to create a purposeful life. She has contributed to a number of outlets including Forbes, NPR, U.S News & World Report, and AllBusiness. Currently, she is a senior writer for Student Loan Hero, where she writes about how millennials (and others) can build a strong financial foundation.
Miranda is available for: media interviews, public speaking, legislative meetings
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Miranda is available for: media interviews, public speaking, legislative meetings
Eva Baker started blogging about personal finance topics for teenagers when she was sixteen at TeensGotCents. She talks about saving money, shopping smart, getting a great part time job, how to start your own business and features DIY projects that can save teens money. She is also the founder of The Teenpreneur Conference which is an annual gathering of teens who have their own business or aspire to get one started.
Eva is available for media interviews, public speaking and other meetings.
Connect with Eva
Twitter : twitter.com/teensgotcents
Pinterest URL/Address: https://www.pinterest.com/teensgotcents
Brynne is the creator and content director of the site Femme Frugality, which was nominated as a finalist for 2016 Best Finance Blog for Women. She is also a freelance contributor and editor in the personal finance community. At the core of her work is the belief that empathy and financial education can lead to empowerment and the betterment of communities.
Brynne is available for: media interviews, public speaking, legislative meetings
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NEW YORK AMBASSADOR
After more than two decades of empowering middle-class families to reach their goals, Chris founded TTR Wealth, a fiduciary financial planning firm focused on guiding women and their families through the transitions of life and toward financial freedom. She is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Financial Planning Association, and the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Hudson County Chapter of the New Jersey Society of CPAs and Park Toastmasters. Chris lives in New York’s Hudson Valley and North Florida. When not in her role as financial freedom fighter, you’ll find Chris enjoying a yoga class, the outdoors, and time with her partner Greg and their four kids.
Chris is available for media interviews, public speaking and legislative meetings.
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Marguerita M. Cheng is the Chief Executive Officer at Blue Ocean Global Wealth and Blue Ocean Global Technology. Prior to co-founding Blue Ocean Global Wealth, she was a Financial Advisor at Ameriprise Financial and an Analyst and Editor at Towa Securities in Tokyo, Japan. Marguerita is a past spokesperson for the AARP Financial Freedom Campaign and a regular columnist for Kiplinger. She is a CFP® professional, a Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM, a Retirement Income Certified Professional® and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. As a Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board) Ambassador, Marguerita helps educate the public, policy makers, and media about the benefits of competent, ethical financial planning. She serves as a Women’s Initiative (WIN) Advocate and subject matter expert for CFP Board, contributing to the development of examination questions for the CFP® Certification Examination. Marguerita also volunteers for CFP Board Disciplinary and Ethics Commission (DEC) hearings. She served on the Financial Planning Association (FPA) National Board of Directors from 2013 – 2015 and is a past president of the Financial Planning Association of the National Capital Area (FPA NCA). Rita is a recipient of the Ameriprise Financial Presidential Award for Quality of Advice and the prestigious Japanese Monbukagakusho Scholarship.
Rita is available for media interviews, public speaking and legislative meetings.
Connect with Rita:
Website URL: www.blueoceanglobalwealth.com
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Contact Us Page: https://www.blueoceanglobalwealth.com/contact-us.html
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Emily Guy Birken is a personal finance writer who has contributed to Wise Bread, PT Money, Student Loan Hero, Yahoo! Finance, Business Insider, and The Huffington Post, as well as many other personal financial sites. She is the author of Making Social Security Work for You, The 5 Years Before You Retire, Choose Your Retirement, and the forthcoming End Financial Stress Now, due out in Spring 2017.
Emily is available for media interviews, public speaking, legislative meetings, and educational events.
Connect with Emily:
Twitter: @emilyguybirken https://twitter.com/EmilyGuyBirken
Kayla is a mid-20s single girl living in Kansas, USA. She graduated from an in-state university in 2012 with a little over $8,000 in student debt. The rest of her debt came from my terrible shopping habit and the purchase of her first home. Her desire to get out of debt is what first interested her in writing about personal finance. Now her passion for personal finance has become her full-time job! You can join Kayla on her journey out of debt and clutter by following along with her blog, Shoeaholicnomore.com.
Kayla is available for media interviews, public speaking and legislative meetings.
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Founder of The Debt Myth
Debt freedom expert Jackie Beck is a personal finance author and creator of the app store hit Pay Off Debt, an app that’s helped 46,000+ people use a debt snowball to break free from debt. She started The Debt Myth website in 2011 because she’s passionate about helping others who want to change their financial life. After struggling with debt for years, Jackie learned that the key to getting control of her finances was to become aware of how she spent her money. She started paying down debt, built an emergency fund, and began contributing to retirement with a vengeance. Jackie and her husband Miles became completely debt free (including their house) in August of 2012, after paying off more than $147,000.00.
Jackie is available for public speaking, media interviews and legislative meetings.
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ILLINOIS & INDIANA AMBASSADOR
Sharon Mallory is the visionary and CEO of SDM Investments, LLC a registered investment firm in Chicago, IL and Merrillville, IN. She is responsible for defining and maintaining the direction of SDM and ensuring that her client’s financial planning needs are being met at the highest level of fiduciary responsibility.
Sharon served as a commanding officer in the United States Army several years prior to entering the financial industry. In 1992, she worked in corporate America as a financial advisor and remained in corporate America for 14 years before launching SDM Investments, LLC. She has an extensive background in leadership and sales.
She recently authored the books, Drama, Dollars and Dreams: A Diva’s Guide to Financial Management and 77 Wealth Wisdom Tips. Her articles have appeared in Indiana Minority Business Magazine and The American Association of Individual Investors Magazine. She is also featured on the TD Ameritrade Human Finance Project.
Sharon attended Purdue University in Lafayette, IN where she received her BA degree prior to pursuing advanced degrees at Chicago State University and the University of Colorado’s School of Financial Planning. She received her Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor (CMFC) designation from the University of Colorado. She holds her FINRA series 6, 63, 65 securities licenses, and life and health insurance licenses in various states in which the firm is registered.
Sharon is available for public speaking and media interviews.
Connect with Sharon
Email Address: email@example.com
Phone Number: 8889880858
Twitter Handle: @SDMInvest
Julie Macc, Certified Credit/Identity Theft Specialist and author of 10 Days to Fix Identity Theft and DIY Credit Restoration, is a recognized expert on credit reporting for both consumer and business credit scoring.
With more than 20 years of experience in the field, Julie is a trusted and acclaimed expert on credit reporting for both consumer and business scoring.
Julie serves as an expert witness/legal consultant for law firms practicing consumer credit law in both federal and state court. She has been retained as an expert witness for more than 200 consumer credit litigation cases.
She delivers keynote speeches at mortgage and real estate industry meetings for continued education training to educate and update legal and mortgage industry professionals on the current laws and reporting trends.
Julie is available for public speaking, media interviews and legislative meetings.
Connect with Julie
CALIFORNIA AMBASSADOR - MARIN COUNTY
Since 2004 Emily has worked with ultra-high-net-worth families on strengthening trust, improving communication, and preparing family members to take on roles and responsibilities in their family businesses, estate plans and philanthropic endeavors.
Emily has facilitated over 130 family meetings spanning three generations where their net-worth ranged from $2m to $1.5b. She has also worked with over 100 affluent women on building their confidence and competence in their financial decision-making. She joined the Wealth Legacy Group in 2009 and became managing partner in 2010.
In 2015 Emily became the “family transitions” faculty member of the Exit Planning Institute. She works collaboratively with families and their advisors to support family members through some of the most challenging decisions
and life events they will ever face. She presents, facilitates, and coaches women, couples, families, and groups on addressing the emotional issues related to life’s transitions.
Since 2003, Emily has been considered a leading expert in the field of blended family dynamics. She has been featured in popular media, including The Today Show, CNN, WSJ, Bloomberg Businessweek and The New York Times. Emily co-authored, with L. Paul Hood Jr., Estate Planning for the Blended Family.
Emily earned a B.A. with honors in Child Development from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. Wanting to better understand the repeated dynamics she witnessed again and again in families, she became certified as a Money Coach for individuals, couples and businesses in 2008 through the Money Coaching Institute.
Emily is available for public speaking, media interviews and legislative meetings.
Connect with Emily
Website Address: www.wealthlegacygroup.net
Twitter : @emily4families